UP, RATATOUILLE AND THE INCREDIBLES: Music from the Pixar Films for Solo Piano - Mark Northam and Joohyun Park (Digital Download - 24 Bit Wav, MP3, Digital PDF)
Michael Giacchino’s career included composing numerous videogames for Walt Disney. In 2004, Giacchino, who had moved to TV as the composer of Alias and Lost was hired to write music for his first feature film, Walt Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles. -- an animated film about a family of superheroes. The Incredibles featured an upbeat jazz orchestral sound and became both a critical and commercial success. In 2007, he teamed again with Incredibles director Brad Bird for the animated film Ratatouille, which earned Giacchino his first Academy Award™ nomination. After tackling more adult fare, including Cloverfield and Star Trek, Giacchino would once again be part of a Disney/Pixar production, 2010’s Up, which would earn Giacchino his first Oscar.
“I tried to focus on those tracks that both worked well without picture, and presented Michael's excellent melodies in a way that worked effectively with solo piano,” said Northam about his approach to performing Up and Ratatouille for solo piano. “For both films, I found that the more melodic and emotional cues were the best fit. One aspect that was particularly challenging to do for some of these cues was to reduce a dense orchestration—especially on faster, more action-oriented cues, to something that worked well on solo piano and didn't come off sounding like a piano trying to sound like an orchestra, which of course it can't.”
Mark Northam started studying classical piano at age 4 with a focus on jazz during his teenage years. After high school, mark toured the USA with a number of jazz acts including his own jazz trio, and performed with Bob Hope. After settling in Los Angeles, he attended the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program, was selected by ASCAP for the ASCAP Fred Karlin Film Scoring Workshop, and went on to create Film Music Magazine, the Film Music Network, and the Film Music Institute in Los Angeles.
Pianist Joohyun Park was born in Kwang-Ju, South Korea. She began studying music at age 6. Park received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Piano from Yon Sei Univeristy (Seoul, Korea) and a Bachelor’s Degree of Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. She has worked as a score coordinator, pianist, orchestrator and assistant composer for movies including Priest, The Informers, Drag Me To Hell, Creation, When in Rome, The Black Tulip, and Love Happens. She also recently performed on the recent BuySoundtrax release Music from Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano.
"My starting point was the Hal Leonard's Disney's The Incredibles piano book,” said Park. “The melodies seemed overly simplified for me. I created my own arrangements utilizing melodies from the original soundtrack to round out the tracks. I tried to stay very close to the original sound, which was fun, bright, and upbeat."
“I come away from the project with an ever greater admiration for Michael and his music,” Northam says. “It's been a long time since I've seen a composer as gifted at writing melody as Michael Giacchino is, and it was a pleasure and an honor to record his music."
SOLO PIANO PERFORMED BY
1. Up With Titles 0:43
2. We're In The Club Now 0:56
3. Married Life 4:35
4. Carl Goes Up 3:08
5. Paradise Found/Kevin Beakn/The Nickel Tour 2:57
6. Stuff We Did 1:54
7. Memories Can Weigh You Down/ It's Just A House 3:28
8. Up With End Credits 2:05
9. The Spirit Of Adventure 2:21
SOLO PIANO PERFORMED BY
10. Le Festin 2:56
11. This Is Me/Wall Rat 4:29
12. Souped Up/A New Deal 2:44
13. Remy Drives 2:41
14. Special Order/Losing Control 3:33
15. Abandoning Ship 3:44
16. Ratatouille Main Theme 1:53
Total Time: 57:11